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Tax Declaration- Salary Statement 2016 & 2017

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I have been living in CH for 2.5 years. I am on a EU-B permit. I am working as a contractor. My current agency (employer) has sent me Salary Statements for the year 2017. The mail reads- `Just as importantly, we are sending you your salary statement for 2017 which you will find attached. As you may already know, this is a very important document which you will need later on in the year for tax declaration purposes. So please hang on to it and keep it in a safe place`.


Last year I recieved a similar mail (with Salary Statements for the year 2016) from my previous employer. I still have the copy of that statement. However I did not take any actions (like filing taxes etc)..I thought B permit holders did not require to take any actions as the taxes are deducted from the wages by the employer before they pay the net salary to the employee. Is my understanding correct? Do I have to take any actions?


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Re: Tax Declaration- Salary Statement 2016 & 2017

B permit holders must submit tax declarations. Normally, till end of March of the following year. It's rather strange that tax office hasn't sent you the tax forms yet. For 2016, they should have already sent you few reminders by now.
I'd better call them to check what's going on.
Tax office is not always logical. They may decide that you owe them CHF 1 million and give you 1 month to object. If you miss the time, you owe 1 million.
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Re: Tax Declaration- Salary Statement 2016 & 2017

For B it depends on how much you earn..you still taxed at source but if over 120k then you have to do a tax declaration on top.
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Re: Tax Declaration- Salary Statement 2016 & 2017

So for B permit, unless you earn over 120K you wont need to complete a tax declaration.

What you will need to check (I dont know) is if its 120K as an individual or your household. If you have a partner and the household exceeds 120K maybe there is a tax declaration required.

Again, I am not sure but perhaps you need it if you claim 3A tax rebate on a B permit, but if you have no 3A, it doesnt matter

Generally if on a B permit and under 120K without 3A its just for your records. Its worth keeping safe but you dont need to do anything with it.
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Re: Tax Declaration- Salary Statement 2016 & 2017

Thanks all.


My income in 2016 was under 120k. However year 2017 its way over 120k mark. So I believe I will have to file my tax returns this year.


By the way, I moved to three different cantons (4 times) between 2015 and 2016. and also I was on RAV for few months in the year 2016. May be that explains why I did not receive any mails from the taxman.


I need to find a tax accountant to file my tax papers then..Any idea how much they (Accountants) charge for filing taxes for a person employed by a company (fixed term employment)?
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I need to find a tax accountant to file my tax papers then..Any idea how much they (Accountants) charge for filing taxes for a person employed by a company (fixed term employment)?
Depends on the complexity of your affairs. A few hundred should cover it.
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I thought B permit holders did not require to take any actions as the taxes are deducted from the wages by the employer before they pay the net salary to the employee. Is my understanding correct? Do I have to take any actions?
According to the law yes of course In practice it depends on the canton I guess. In my case someday they contacted me after reviewing my tax history. They said that according to their data I should have sent the tax declaration as tax at source was not enough in my case. They gave me lots of time to do it, 3 months I think, with possibility to extend the time. No penalty but also no explanation about the data. I sent the form for the previous year and since then they ask for full tax declaration every year in advance.
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Nonsense, it's totally possible to do it on your own.

If you hire an accountant, mostly you'd be paying him to (slowly) copy-paste your numbers into an official tax program. Liability for errors and the bulk of the work (collecting the papers) would still be fully on you either way

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No, RTFL. You have to file if you make more than a certain amount, 120k in ZH. Another case is if you possess significant enough wealth
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